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Old 05-23-2014, 12:15 PM   #1
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Burning Rubber Smell

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I took my 20' hybrid out for a drive yesterday after dewinterizing it. While pulling it, I could smell a burning rubber smell coming from what I think was my 2012 Ford Explorer engine. This is my 2nd year with the camper and it did the same thing last year the first time I pulled it but I only smelled it that one trip and did not smell it on trips made after. I know this is an RV forum and not a tow vehicle forum but just wondering if anyone else experienced this and if its normal? Maybe the engine is running hotter when pulling?

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Hi,

I took my 20' hybrid out for a drive yesterday after dewinterizing it. While pulling it, I could smell a burning rubber smell coming from what I think was my 2012 Ford Explorer engine. This is my 2nd year with the camper and it did the same thing last year the first time I pulled it but I only smelled it that one trip and did not smell it on trips made after. I know this is an RV forum and not a tow vehicle forum but just wondering if anyone else experienced this and if its normal? Maybe the engine is running hotter when pulling?

Thanks!
Common problem (if you can call it a problem) with vehicles being towed. What you are smelling is rubber residue off the road that accumulates on the exhaust system. Since there is no heat to burn it off, the first time you drive the vehicle, the residue is burned off. Hence the burning rubber smell. Some vehicles are worse than others depending on how the Exhaust System is designed.
Don't worry, drive it like you own it.
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Oops, I didn't read your post properly and "Assumed" the Ford was being towed.
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I took my 20' hybrid out for a drive yesterday after dewinterizing it. While pulling it, I could smell a burning rubber smell coming from what I think was my 2012 Ford Explorer engine.
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Could it be a slipping V belt?
Or a failing serpentine belt?
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Could it be a slipping V belt?
Or a failing serpentine belt?
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I guess its possible but if that was the case, I should be smelling it on every trip not just the first trip.. the vehicle is fairly new. I probably should check the Ford forums. Thanks.
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Common problem (if you can call it a problem) with vehicles being towed. What you are smelling is rubber residue off the road that accumulates on the exhaust system. Since there is no heat to burn it off, the first time you drive the vehicle, the residue is burned off. Hence the burning rubber smell. Some vehicles are worse than others depending on how the Exhaust System is designed.
Don't worry, drive it like you own it.
Dennis, you just solved a great mystery for me. Happens on our Chevy Equinox after towing. Could never figure out where the rubber smell was always coming from until now!

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Hi,
I took my 20' hybrid out for a drive yesterday after dewinterizing it. While pulling it, I could smell a burning rubber smell coming from what I think was my 2012 Ford Explorer engine. This is my 2nd year with the camper and it did the same thing last year the first time I pulled it but I only smelled it that one trip and did not smell it on trips made after.
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Common problem with vehicles being towed. What you are smelling is rubber residue off the road that accumulates on the exhaust system. Since there is no heat to burn it off, the first time you drive the vehicle, the residue is burned off. Hence the burning rubber smell. Some vehicles are worse than others depending on how the Exhaust System is designed.
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Dennis, you just solved a great mystery for me. Happens on our Chevy Equinox after towing. Could never figure out where the rubber smell was always coming from until now!
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Although Dennis's reply answered the question you didn't ask, it doesn't answer the question flashtilley did ask in the original post!

If
I deciphered the original question correctly I believe that flashtilley wants to know why he smells a burning rubber smell coming from his 2012 Ford Explorer engine while he is pulling it for the first time each year.

However, I'm really not sure that that is right, (but I did the best I could with what I had to work with).
Unless flashtilley explians his question, we may never know!

BTW, I'm more confused now than when I first read the question.

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the problem is that the OP is talking about their tow vehicle, not a toad.
and we have motorhome owners answering, thinking that the OP is talking about their Explorer as a toad, which is not the OP is using it for.

this Forum section is for people who own and tow a hybrid travel trailer and probably aren't interested in posts about motorhome toads.
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the problem is that the OP is talking about their tow vehicle, not a toad.
and we have motorhome owners answering, thinking that the OP is talking about their Explorer as a toad, which is not the OP is using it for.

this Forum section is for people who own and tow a hybrid travel trailer and probably aren't interested in posts about motorhome toads.
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I disagree!
IMO, the problem is: NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THE OP IS TALKING ABOUT!
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bikendan is exactly correct. My original post clearly states that. Problem is with tow vehicle.
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the problem is that the OP is talking about their tow vehicle, not a toad.
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bikendan is exactly correct. My original post clearly states that. Problem is with tow vehicle.
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You where right!
How on earth did you figure it out?
I read and reread the OP a number of times and I couldn't.
Isn't a 2012 Ford Explorer a toad?
If not, Oops!
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as your towing a load the engine and water heats up more and stays hotter for a longer time, hence your electric fan will come on and stay on longer, draining your battery and making the alternator work harder causing a little belt slippage, the reason you dont smell the "burning rubber" when not towing is the fan is working far less when not towing, on my truck my fan is air activated driven by my belt, so the air clutch just spin's freely, but I thought my engine fell out of my truck the first time it came on pulling 1800 RMP's, and yes I had to check my shorts after that, I had a burning rubber smell as the fan tried to catch up to the engine RPM's
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